Plateau warns residents against building on flood-prone areas

Flooded Jimeta, Yola

The Plateau Government wants to prevent a repeat of the flood disaster of 2012.

As Nigerians await the rainy season, the Plateau State Government on Monday urged residents to desist from building on flood-prone areas to avoid a repeat of the disaster witnessed in 2012.

“Some people have gone back to rebuilding their houses on the same spot where they have been washed away by the July, August and September, 2012 flood,” Information Commissioner, Abraham Yiljap, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos.

“This is why we are using this medium to enlighten our people that there is the need for them to move away from water ways and flood-prone areas because we don’t want to lose more lives.

“We urge all those affected and other residents to move to higher grounds and as well as to work with the Local Governments, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) so as not to have a repeat of the 2012 experience,” he pleaded

The commissioner said the government was showing increased concerns towards the plight of the 2012 flood-disaster victims towards alleviating their sufferings.

He said he was satisfied with the awareness generated by the SEMA, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and the State Government.

“We are confident the people of Plateau State will cooperate with us so that, together, we can ensure our safety,” he said.


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